Monier Group

Monier Group
Type GmbH, (limited company)
Key people Pepyn Dinandt (CEO)
Products Roofing materials, chimney and ventilation systems
Revenue 1,281 billion euros (2010)
Employees 8,894 (2010)

The Monier Group is the world’s leading supplier of building materials for pitched roofs as well as of innovative roof, chimney and ventilation systems. According to its own figures, the Group comprises subsidiaries in 40 countries, and operates 130 production sites in 33 countries. In 2010, it recorded sales of 1.281 billion euros, and as at 31 December 2009, it had 8,894 employees.[1]



Product group Description
Roofing tiles The company manufactures concrete and clay roofing tiles for pitched roofs in new build and renovation. The tiles are available in various shapes, sizes, colours and surfaces. The “Frankfurter Pfanne” (Frankfurt tile), which was introduced to the market by Braas in 1954, is one of the most popular tile designs in Germany. Since the 1950s, it has been the tile most used by builders in Germany, and it is also sold in a further 26 countries.
Roofing components Roofing components enhance the functionality of a roof. They include underlays, ridge and hip seals, roof outlets, abutments, snow and safety systems as well as gutters, valleys, eaves, fixings and roof windows. In 2009 Monier also launched an insulation portfolio for pitched roofs. The company is also active in the photovoltaic and solar thermal business and markets solar fixings.
Roofing systems Roofing systems are complete roofs incorporating design features and/or components that give them added functionality, i.e. are energy efficient. For example, in Malaysia, Monier offers a special construction that is used together with selected components, such as radiant barriers. This stops buildings from overheating in the tropical climate, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.
Chimney and ventilation systems, fireplaces These products are marketed under the Schiedel brand name in 27 European countries and the US. Schiedel manufactures chimney systems from ceramic and stainless steel for residential and commercial buildings. It also makes ventilation systems which ensure rooms are well-aerated (particularly important for energy-efficient houses) as well as fireplaces (both open hearth /chimney systems and wood-burning stoves).


The Monier Group owns several well-known brands, including:

  • Braas (Germany, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey)
  • Coverland (South Africa)
  • Monier (various countries in Europe and Asia Pacific)
  • Redland (UK, US, Mexico)
  • Schiedel (27 countries across Europe)
  • Wierer and Cotto Coperture (Italy)


The Group Management of the Monier Group comprises three members:

  • Pepyn Dinandt, Chief Executive Officer[2] (CEO)
  • Dr. Jürgen Koch, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Dr. Gerrit Sames, Chief Technology & Production Officer (CTPO)

Ownership structure

The owners of the Monier Group are mainly institutional investors and banks. The Group’s Holding is located in Luxembourg.


The company’s history dates back to 1919, when the British company Redland was founded. In 1954 Braas started production of its “Frankfurter Pfanne” at the plant in Heusenstamm near Frankfurt/Main in Germany. In 1997 the Roofing activity became a Division of the Lafarge Group.PAI Partners, a private-equity investor, purchased a majority stake in the Lafarge Roofing Division in March 2007. At the beginning of 2008, the company began operating under the name of Monier. Since 2009 the Monier Group is owned by a number of institutional investors and banks.

Year Activity
1919 Redland originated as Redhill Tile Company
1946 Change of the company name to Redland Tiles
1949 Expansion to South Africa and Australia
1954 Acquisition of a majority stakeholding in Braas, Germany

Start of production at the Heusenstamm plant

1958 Patent application for the Frankfurter Pfanne
1966 Foundation of Bramac in Austria by Braas and Ebenseer Betonwerke
1969 Redland acquires Monier Ltd. in Australia. Start of further expansion in Southeast Asia., e.g. Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and later the US
1990 Braas acquires the Schiedel Group, a producer of chimney systems
1997 Lafarge acquires Redland. As a consequence it takes over the roofing part of the business, and becomes a majority stakeholder in Braas; Foundation of the Roofing Division of Lafarge
2000 Lafarge acquires the remaining stakes of Braas
2001 Lafarge Roofing acquires Klöber and Swedish metal pan tile manufacturer Kami.

Start of heavy expansion entering new countries and extending the global plant network to more than 200 plants

2002 Expansion of business activities in the USA with construction of a new concrete roof tile plant in Denver, Colorado

Launch of a joint venture in clay roof tile production in Thailand

2004 Opening of first Indian concrete roof tile plant in Bangalore

Acquisition of chimney manufacturers Rite-Vent (UK) and Bemal (Belgium)

2005 Building began on seventh concrete roof tile plant in China

Purchase and refitting of concrete roof tile plant in Krasnodar, Russia Foundation of the joint venture “Marulelo Roofing Solutions” in South Africa to produce and market low-cost housing solutions

2006 Schiedel steps into the US market with the acquisition of a stake in Earthcore Inc.

Lafarge Roofing acquires HausProfi Group Acquisition of Kulu, third largest concrete tile producer in South Africa

2007 Lafarge sells Lafarge Roofing to PAI partners, who hold a 65 % majority stake; Lafarge keeps the remaining 35 %
2008 The former roofing division renames its business to Monier and starts operations as an independent company
2009 Financial restructuring successfully completed: former senior lenders are the new owners of the MONIER Group

Redland celebrates its 90th anniversary, also marking the founding of MONIER

2010 Monier divests its concrete tile business Tegula in Brazil.

Monier Group sells stake in MonierLifetile in the USA and Mexico.

2011 Monier Group strengthens presence in South-Eastern Europe by acquiring 100% ownership of Bramac.

External links


  1. ^ [1] Monier Facts and Figures
  2. ^ [2]

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